Wikipedia:Requests for page protection

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Requests for page protection

This page is for requesting that a page, file or template be fully protected, create protected (salted), semi-protected, added to pending changes, move-protected, template protected (template-specific), upload protected (file-specific), or unprotected. Please read up on the protection policy. Full protection is used to stop edit warring between multiple users or to prevent vandalism to high-risk templates, semi-protection and pending changes are usually used only to prevent IP and new user vandalism (see the rough guide to semi-protection), and move protection is used to stop pagemove revert wars.

After a page has been protected, the protection is listed in the page history and logs with a short description indicating why it was protected, and the article is listed on Special:Protectedpages. Further discussion should take place on the Talk page of the article. In the case of full protection due to edit warring, admins do not revert to specific versions of the page, except to get rid of obvious vandalism.


If you would like to request a page to be protected or unprotected, please follow the following steps:

  1. If you are requesting unprotection, you must ask the protecting administrator first for unprotection. If the admin is unable to respond and/or lower protection then you can list your request on this page.
  2. Add a level 3 header (i.e. === [[Example title]] ===) with the namespace if not an article. Place your request at the bottom of either the protection or unprotection list, depending on the nature of your request, and place the pagelinks template below the header in the form of * {{pagelinks|Example title}}. Please make sure you have spelled the name of the article properly; a common error stems from mistaken requests for the protection of redirects, particularly capitalised ones.
  3. If you are requesting protection, write the type of request (full protection, semi-protection, pending changes, move protection) and a brief reason for your request below your header.
  4. Please do not add arbitrary requests for a protection expiry time to your request, or request indefinite protection arbitrarily.
    • If there is a reason for a page to be protected for a certain amount of time, such as protecting a user talk page until the user is unblocked, please make this clear.
    • If you are requesting indefinite semi-protection or pending changes, be aware that it is only applied to articles with endemic and endless vandalism problems which multiple increasing periods of temporary semi-protection or pending changes have failed to stop.
    • Note that different expiry times can be set for edit and move-protections, so an article can, for example, be semi-edit-protected for a week and full-move-protected indefinitely.
  5. Sign your request with four tildes ~~~~ and save.
  • Note: this is not a venue for continuing an argument from elsewhere nor starting a new discussion regarding content. If a request contains excessive arguing, is being used for edit-warring or content disputes, contains personal attacks or uncivil comments or any other unrelated discussion, it will be removed from this page.
For single page requests
=== [[Example Article Name]] ===
* {{pagelinks|Example Article Name}}
'''Semi-protection:''' High level of IP vandalism. ~~~~
=== [[Template:Example Template Name]] ===
* {{pagelinks|Template:Example Template Name}}
'''Unprotection:''' From full protection to template editor protection. ~~~~
For multiple page requests with the same criteria
=== Short descriptive header ===
* {{pagelinks|Wikipedia:Example Page Name 1}}
* {{pagelinks|Wikipedia:Example Page Name 2}}
'''Temporary semi-protection:''' High level of IP vandalism. ~~~~
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Administrator instructions

Current requests for increase in protection level[edit]

Place requests for new or upgrading pending changes, semi-protection, full protection, move protection, create protection, template editor protection, or upload protection at the BOTTOM of this section. Check the rolling archive of fulfilled and denied requests or, failing that, the page history if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

Template:User contrib CentralAuth[edit]

Indefinite semi-protection: Over 175 transluctions. RezonansowyakaRezy (talk | contribs) 16:57, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Virginia Cavaliers football[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism. —k6ka 🍁 (Talk · Contributions) 18:06, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

  • Automated comment: One or more pages in this request appear to already be protected. Please confirm.—cyberbot ITalk to my owner:Online 21:49, 30 November 2015 (UTC)
Already protected by Geni NeilN talk to me 22:30, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Bitch I'm Madonna[edit]

Semi-protection: Genre warring. Snuggums (talk / edits) 18:38, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Talk:List of programs broadcast by Nickelodeon[edit]

Semi-protection: Persistent sockpuppetry. ElectricBurst(Electron firings)(Zaps) 19:43, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Declined – Not enough recent disruptive activity to justify protection. NeilN talk to me 22:30, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Murder of Anni Dewani[edit]

Temporary full protection: Dispute with edit warring. Samsara 20:26, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 months. After 3 months the page will be automatically unprotected. Samsara, one editor was previously topic banned and now has been blocked. Other editors are unconfirmed. Semi should clear things up. NeilN talk to me 22:28, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Kuwait Airways[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent unsourced changes. Jetstreamer Talk 20:53, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Jay Brown[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent addition of unsourced or poorly sourced content – Keep adding same unsourced material again, again and again from different IP adresses. Angry Bald English Villian Man Chat 21:11, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Virginia Tech Hokies football‎[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism by unregistered editors. ElKevbo (talk) 21:12, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 2 days. After 2 days the page will be automatically unprotected. MusikAnimal talk 21:31, 30 November 2015 (UTC)


Temporary semi-protection: Got what looks like a dynamic IP repeatedly deleted good content. Alexbrn (talk) 21:28, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 2 weeks. After 2 weeks the page will be automatically unprotected. NeilN talk to me 22:22, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Adele discography[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Continuous IP cruft and false sales, peaks, certifications etc. —Indian:BIO [ ChitChat ] 21:49, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Toyota Avensis[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Wikipedia:Long-term abuse/Date-changing vandal from Santiago continues to change content on this article under various IPs. Bahooka (talk) 21:56, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Semi-protected for a period of 3 weeks. After 3 weeks the page will be automatically unprotected. Materialscientist (talk) 21:59, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Sigmund Freud[edit]

Temporary semi-protection: Persistent vandalism – Article is being attacked by sockpuppets. I reverted an edit by FearlessSpeakerOfTruth; the same edit was then made by another brand-new account, FreeTruthCreator. Obvious sockpuppetry/disruption. FreeKnowledgeCreator (talk) 22:10, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Stop x nuvola with clock.svg User(s) blocked. FreeKnowledgeCreator, if more show up let me know and I will protect/block. NeilN talk to me 22:15, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Anis Rahman[edit]

Create protection: Repeatedly recreated. Thine Antique Pen (talk) 22:35, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Jed York[edit]

Indefinite pending changes: BLP policy violations – This page is a magnet for vandals who want to criticize York's management of the 49ers. I feel pending changes protection would help keep a handle on the vandalism and BLP violations. clpo13(talk) 23:04, 30 November 2015 (UTC)

Current requests for reduction in protection level[edit]

Please post requests in this section for removing or reducing the protection level of a page if the protecting admin is inactive or you have already asked them.
  • To find out the username of the admin who protected the page click on "View history" at the top of the page, then click on "View logs for this page" which is under the title of the page. The protecting admin is the username in blue before the words "protected", "changed protection level" or "pending changes". If there are a number of entries on the log page, you might find it easier to select "Protection log" or "Pending changes log" from the dropdown menu in the blue box.
  • Requests to downgrade full protection to template protection on templates and modules can be directed straight here; you do not need to ask the protecting admin first.
  • Requests for removing create protection on redlinked articles are generally assisted by having a draft version of the intended article prepared beforehand.
  • If you want to make spelling corrections or add uncontroversial information to a protected page please add {{Edit protected}} to the article's talk page, along with an explanation of what you want to add to the page. If the talk page is protected please use the section below.

Check here if you cannot find your request. Only recently answered requests are still listed here.

Requests for edits to a protected page[edit]

Further information: Wikipedia:Edit requests
Ideally, requests should be made on the article talk page rather than here.

Handled requests[edit]

A rolling archive of the last seven days of protection request can be found at Wikipedia:Requests for page protection/Rolling archive.